29 June 2020
    Local roundup: Hospital workers up in arms; Imee hits utility firms
    Senator Imee Marcos on Sunday urged public utility companies to suspend disconnection for unpaid electric and water bills while the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the country. Senator Bong Go also requested the power companies to defer disconnection should some of their consumers fail to pay their electricity bills incurred during the ECQ. We were electric shocked with our electricity bill the past months. And then, theyre saying its not like that coz its automatically generated daw, Marcos said.
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    27 June 2020
    Hire unemployed Pinoys before allowing foreign workers in govt projects-Gatchalian
    The interest of unemployed Filipino workers should be protected by providing them stable jobs before opening the job market to foreigners, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, implored government today, June 27.Gatchalian said the government should carefully consider hiring unemployed Filipinos, who were mostly displaced by the economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, before giving any preferential treatment to foreign workers in the governmentâs flagship projects. He made the call amid plans of the national government to allow the entry of more foreign workers particularly those employed in the its flagship projects.
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    26 June 2020
    3,761 displaced workers hired in Muntinlupa under community quarantine
    A total of 3,761 displaced workers were hired by the Muntinlupa City government during the community quarantine in the last three months. According to the citys Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the displaced workers were given jobs under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program. TUPAD, a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), provides emergency employment for displaced workers including drivers of tricycles, jeeps and pedicabs for a minimum period of 10 days.
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    25 June 2020
    15,000 plus displaced Metro workers seeking DOLE cash aid
    Over 15,000 permanently displaced workers in Metro Manila are now seeking certification from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to avail of their unemployment benefits. In a phone interview, DOLE-National Capital Region director Sarah S. Mirasol told BusinessMirror they were only able to process 5,000 of the said applications for certification for involuntary separation due to their limited workforce. Currently, DOLE-NCR is operating with a skeletal workforce to ensure social distancing measure will be complied with.
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    24 June 2020
    Workers who lost jobs permanently breach 90,000 mark
    THE number of permanently displaced workers for almost the first half of the year has breached the 90,000 mark the highest number of retrenched individuals in the last two years. From January to June 21, 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported 3,189 firms nationwide have already displaced 90,215 workers. Of such displacement figures, 82,615 was a result of companies reducing their workforce, while the remaining 7,600 arose from the permanent closure of their establishments. The total annual labor displacement for 2019 and 2018 was 88,947 and 68,587, respectively.
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    23 June 2020
    Difficult to love
    We are almost certain that when a world-renowned diva recently exclaimed-with an expletive to emphasize her point-that the Philippines is so difficult to love, she didnt have workers specifically in mind.Yet Filipino workers could very well adopt her observation, given the lack of proper pay and protection they receive as a matter of course. Once again, the Philippines made the list of 10 worst countries for working people, joining the likes of Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Zimbabwe, according to the 2020 global rights index of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder, the ITUC said in its report. In a context of extreme state violence and suppression of civil liberties, employers tactics to label unions as subversive organizations in a process commonly known as red-tagging, exposed their members to violence and repression, the ITUC said.
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